The Princess Bride, Paperback
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)


Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another.

So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken.

But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup.

So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780747545187



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Beautifully written, subversive and imaginative. If there is one criticism it is that it does not add much to the cult-classic film version. The new introduction can also make for slow reading.

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A superb adventure fairy tale with dramatic swordfights, grave danger, high seas, dungeons, torture, and true love. The story has an interesting framing device, but to say more would be to spoil it.

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Like many people I expect, I came to this book having already seen and loved the 1987 movie – a fact that is beautifully exploited by Goldman in this up-to-date edition of his cult classic. From the first page of his tongue-in-cheek introduction I found myself stifling giggles, reading about the process of casting and shooting the film. It was once the novel itself began, however, that I really fell in love.As most people will know, <i>The Princess Bride</i> is a satirical take on fairytale tradition, ‘abridged’ from a larger fictional work by ‘S. Morgenstern’. One of the real delights in the book is how convincing Goldman is about the existence of the fictional country of Florin and about Morgenstern’s style as a writer. There are brilliantly executed editorial sections scattered throughout the novel detailing his decisions to cut various parts of the ‘original’. It really is no wonder that so many readers hit the bookshops looking for Morgenstern’s version!The story itself is famous for its brilliant wit and its cast of wonderful characters. At its heart is the story of the Princess Buttercup and her true love, the farm boy Westley. Around that heart is built a complex web involving pirates, sword-fights, an evil prince, a benevolent king, revenge, monsters and betrayal. There is a Zoo of Death and a terrifying Dread Pirate Roberts, an albino and a miracle man, giant rats and Cliffs of Insanity. Of course, I couldn’t forget the wonderful trio, Vizzini the Sicilian (the criminal mastermind), Inigo the Spaniard (the master fencer) and Fezzik the Giant (the rhyming fighter), each with their own journeys to make. I could go on forever but the truth is, it’s really one of those books that works better if you just pick it up, settle in for the ride and find out for yourself. If you’ve seen the movie, now read the book; if you’ve not heard of either, what are you waiting for?! You’re in for a real treat – and it’s definitely a keeper for me.

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One of my favourite books of all times.

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Confession time, many years ago I had a flatmate who seemed quite normal when she moved in, but turned out to be completely mad in a very disturbing way. The Princess Bridewas her favourite film and, due to her disturbing madness, I wrote off the film (and the book) as not being for me and, despite various friends telling me that I'd love the film, up until know I've avoided both. So what changed my mind? Recently I met up with a Uni friend, we were going to watch Hamlet (which was excellent by the way) and had a quick drink before the performance and, as literature students, we talked about what we were reading and she was reading The Princess Bride for the first time, having been a huge fan of the film. We discussed the disturbing flatmate at some length, who was eventually dismissed by my uni friend with a wave of her very well manicured hand. She then reminded me that I am huge fan of modern day fairy tales and, in the time it took to drink one glass of wine, essentially convinced me to buy the book.So here I am. And I'm really mad. Hopping mad. Mad with myself for letting a stupid crazy women stop me from reading this wonderful book. I will be honest, it took me a few pages to get into the book, but what really hooked me was Buttercup's declaration of love '...I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any women had loved a man, but half an hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm. Your eyes are like that, did you know? Well they are ...'Superb.

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